Interview with Markku Hakala, the co-creator of "Giant's Kettle", interviewer Malaika Bova
"The directors Markku Hakala and Mari Käki describe the process of making the film as incredibly personal. To them, it was more akin to fine arts or photography than filmmaking. The cast was picked by observing people on the street and the production was a long, self-funded and small-teamed process that started in 2017, shooting one shot per month since then. Hakala explains that throughout the process he had to learn almost everything from scratch, as it was his first-ever filmmaking experience.
The cinematographs create a world without words or colors, which manages to still be political, humorous and encapturing. The film is made up of 31 seemingly unrelated scenes, where every small step, noise or detail starts creating the story. It is the tale of two people, struggling to connect with the world and to fulfill the roles they are meant to fit in. Something important is missing and the force of life can be resisted for only so long.
The entire process was a psychological experience for the actors. The film had no dialogue, but a very detailed script, which the actors had to follow with striking precision. ""I didn't want the actors to know about their characters at all - so we didn't discuss about the characters, only the specific moves they make.""
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